April 22

Chamber Events and Area News 4/22

Ladies Paint Night at Coasters Coffee Co - April 26

You will have the choice of 3 paintings. Welcome Flower Box, on wood, Spring Bike or Deer in Forest, both on canvas. There will be a door prize and will start at 6 PM till 8:30 PM. Beginners welcome! Please bring a friend, or two. Please register and pay $35 at least one week in advance. Tickets can be purchased on the Facebook Event.

NRL Precision .22 Shooting Competition - April 28

4 Classes - Youth, Women, Base & Open
Guardians required for all youth shooters!

Fee: Adults - $10, Youth - $5 (Free youth shooting when accompanied by a paid adult)

For rules and regulation information or questions about equipment required, please contact Crooked Creek by sending a Facebook message.

Phillips Cemetery Association Dinner Fund Raiser - April 28

Phillip's Cemetery Association will be holding a fundraiser lunch on Sunday, April 28th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. It will be held at the New Phillips Memorial Hall, 234 5th Street, Phillips. Adults are $10 and Family K-12 is $25. Donations can also be sent to PO Box 188 Phillips, NE 68865.


Kids feeling cooped up from winter? Looking for something fun to do after school for the afternoon? We've got you covered.

Come join us for Spring Fest to FINALLY welcome spring! We are partnering up with the Edgerton Explorit Center here in Aurora, NE and will have so many fun activities for your kiddos of all ages.

Some of the activities will include:
A Bounce House
Sidewalk Chalk
Exhibits from the Edgerton Explorit Center

Come and enjoy the sunshine! Bring your friends! This is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Coffee, Cake & Contributions at the Leadership Center - May 2

The Leadership Center is once again a part of Go Big Give and in keeping with tradition we will have cake from The Chocolate Bar and coffee to share with those who come out to The Leadership Center to donate. Join them on May 2 from 9-11 am for Coffee, Cake and Contributions.

National Day of Prayer Luncheon - May 2

National Day of Prayer Thursday May 2nd at the Hampton City Auditorium lunch begins at 11:30 am with program following at 12:00 pm. A free will donation is accepted for the lunch provided that will be Ham, Baked Potato, Salad, Baked Beans, Dinner Roll, & Dessert.

Advanced Sushi Class Delectable Creations - May 4

Join The Leadership Center on May 4 for their advanced sushi class. Learn how to make spring rolls, tempura (deep fried) sushi rolls, wontons and expound plate presentations. Attendees don’t need to have attended their basics of sushi class to attend this class. If you have a sushi mat bring it or you can take one home from class. Attendees also get to take home their goodies. For more information or to sign up for this class, visit their Facebook Page.

Crooked Creek Gun Club Trophy Shoot - May 5

Proceeds will be going to Relay for Life. The program begins at 1 PM and will go to 9 PM. To get 50 Targets there is a fee of $20.
Trophy Awards: AA-A-B-C-D-Lady-Junior-Top Gun
Everyone welcome regardless of shooting ability!

Free Trees Ready for Black Hills Energy Customers to Claim on Monday, April 15

LINCOLN. Neb. — Apr. 5, 2019 — Relaxing in the cool shade of a tree on a hot summer day. There’s no better place for kids, book-lovers and pets to take a break from the heat of the sun, but that tree can help your air conditioner take a break as well. A strategically-placed tree can save a homeowner up to 20% on energy costs.

And while the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, so the saying goes, the second best time is today. Black Hills Energy invites customers to plant a tree now by claiming a free tree through our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees initiative.

Black Hills Energyis distributing approximately 1000 free trees, one per household, to customers who reserve one beginning on Monday, April 15.

A free tree can be reserved on a first come, first served basis The 3- to 4-foot-tall dormant trees will be delivered directly to customers for spring planting from May through early June.

“Our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation in the Energy-Saving Trees program offers us the opportunity to promote the cleaner air, energy savings and other valuable benefits you gain by planting the right tree in the right place,” said Jeff Sylvester, vice president for natural gas operations in Nebraska.

Since beginning the program in 2014, 5,686 trees have been planted through the partnership, and the benefits continue to grow as the trees do. In addition to energy savings, trees improve air quality, reduce storm water runoff, reduce the urban heat island effect, and beautify the area around them.

Black Hills Energy customers can use the handy online tool to quickly determine where to plant a tree to gain the most energy-saving benefits. “Strategically planted trees block the hot summer sun and cold winter winds to help cut energy usage without sacrificing comfort,” Sylvester said.

Black Hills also is delivering a safety message: At least two business days before you plan to dig, whether you are a homeowner planting a tree or a contractor excavating with a backhoe, Call Before You Dig to have underground utility lines marked. It’s free, it’s safe and it’s the law. In Nebraska, just make a free call by dialing 811 to reach Nebraska One Call. You also can schedule online at

Bailey also urges customers to follow the safe digging practices listed Those include using white spray-paint to mark the area where you plan to dig before line locaters arrive.

“Underground utility lines may be out of sight, but they should never be out of mind,” Sylvester said. “It only takes a minute to Call Before You Dig, and it can save untold time and trouble. Please follow the rules and dig safely. We want you and your family to enjoy your new tree for a long, long time.”


The York-Hamilton Farm Service Agency headquartered in York, Nebraska is hiring a permanent program technician. Benefits package included. The successful candidate will carry out office activities and functions pertaining to one or more of the USDA programs administered in both the York and Aurora Offices. Applicants will apply on-line at The opening date for the announcement is April 24, 2019 and the closing date is May 3, 2019. Questions about the position may be directed to Leann Nelson, CED at 402-362-5200 or 402-694-6163. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Pickleball at the Bremer Community Center

Newcomers welcome, paddles provided. (Play will be outside on the tennis courts when weather permits.)

Mixed play on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 9:00. Contact Mike Allen at 402-631-3495 for more information.

Women's play on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7:00. Contact Claire Frevert at 402-694-3526 (home) or 402-604-0667 (cell).

Men's play on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00. Contact Mike Allen at 402-631-3495 (cell).

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